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Isra wal Miraj: Play for Children Script

This year for Isra wal Miraj we are posting the script of our Isra wal Miraj play for children in case there are any people who are interested in producing the play as well.  We only ask that if you do please send us pictures.


So far we have the play available in English and Arabic and we hope to make the play available in any other language if you would like to do so and send it to us.  You are most welcome to translate the script if you don’t mind to send us a copy so we can post it for others.


Isra Wal Miraj Script: English

Buraq: children do a dance with peacock feathers

Narrator: On this great night Allah called the Prophet (s) to heaven on the back of the magnificent Buraq with the tail of beautiful feathers.

1. Angels standing in Quaim
Narrator: In the first heaven the Prophet (s) saw the Angels standing in Qiam.
He asked for this beautiful Qiam for the prayer of the Muslims.


2. Angels bowing in Ruku.
Narrator: In the second heaven the Angels bow in Ruku. The Prophet(s) found this beautiful and asked for Ruku to be part of our prayer.

3. Angels in sajda

Narrator: In the third heaven the Angels were in Sajda. They raised their heads to greet the Prophet (s) and this is why we put our heads to the ground twice in our prayer.

4. Salsa’il

Narrator: In the fourth heaven the Angels stand in Qiam, bend in Ruku and Sajda. The Prophet(s) was impressed by the focus with their eyes and concentration and asked for this to be part of our prayer.

5. Angels in Qada

Narrator: In the 5th heaven the Angels sit in Qada. The Prophet(s) asked Allah(s) if he could have this posture in our prayer and his dua was accepted.
The sea of wrath: the children agitate a blue sheet to symbolize the sea of wrath
Narrator: In this heaven the sea of wrath that descended to earth in the time of Prophet Nuh(a) rolls and boils.

6. Angel Mikhail weighing the souls
Mikail weighs a soul (butterfly) that is heavy because it is from the nation of Muhammad(s).

Mikail is surrounded by many other angels sitting cross legged.
Narrator: In the sixth heaven the angel Mikail weighs our souls and finds the nation of Muhammad(s) be of greater weight than any other.

7. The sidratul muntaha
Angels will hold 7 palm fronds together like they are the trunk while the narrator explains the significance of the sidratul muntaha.

Narrator: The Prophet(s) reached the sidratul muntaha where angels sit like butterflies all over the tree. The Angels were so happy to see the Prophet(s) that they thanked Allah(s).

8. The sea of mercy and the pebble.
Ocean of Mercy: child in white (with olive tree branches held around him by other children) will throw a tiny lentil/pebble into an ocean (blue) sheet.

Narrator: In the presence of his lord the Prophet (s) saw an endless sea and a tree on its shore. In the tree sat a dove with a tiny pebble the size of a lentil.

(The child will pretend to take the pebble from its mouth.)

Narrator: The Lord said the tree is your world

-the dove is your nation

-the pebble is the sins of your nation

-the sea is my mercy upon you all
(The child will drop the pebble in the ocean, the other kids will shake the sheet gently so it rolls)
Narrator: And the pebble will fall into the endless sea of my mercy and dissolve into nothing.
And the Prophet (s) returned to the world, descending through the night and sky, and into the room where he slept before he ascended to the presence of the Lord of Heavens…

And the bed was still warm.

Isra wal Miraj Play: Arabic


Please see our other posts for Isra wal Miraj: Isra wal Miraj: ScrollIsra wal Miraj: Play PerformanceIsra wal Miraj: The Tree of Life .

Please share your ideas and experiences with the Isra wal Miraj play for children and your inspiration for celebrating the Isra wal Miraj holiday with children.

Please see our new book Isra wal Miraj for children available now on Amazon which includes a copy of the play in english.

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The Tree of Light: Part 2

This is the second sample of The Tree of Light: The Lives of the Prophets for Young Muslims available now on Amazon.  This is the first volume of a three volume series with maps, pictures and paintings of important sites and Maqams related to the stories of the Prophets.  This series would be an ideal source for the Tree of Prophets  project featured here on our website.  In this adaptation of Hajiah Amina Adil’s comprehensive history of the Prophets a sage grandfather tells the stories of the Prophets to his two adventurous grandsons who learn that the stories of the Prophets have come to life.

Part 2:

The soul entered this clay form and the heart began to beat with the dhikr of Allah (s).  Adam (a) was taught the names of all the things in creation.  Within Adam (a) was placed a special light, and the angels bowed low to Adam (a), but Iblis did not obey because he could not see this light; he was only seeing the clay.

 

“Where were all the other people?”  asked Sulayman.  “Where was Adam’s family?”

 

“Hmm.” Grandfather looked up.  “If Allah blesses us with family then we have to be kind and gentle with them or we will be alone and unhappy.” 

Mawlid Gifts

This year for Mawlid my husband and I decided to give gifts to celebrate Mawlid and encourage the children to pray.



After discussing what gifts would be appropriate I bought some tasbih beads, two small prayer carpets and two beautiful hand carved wooden elephants to represent Mahmud from the Sira of the Prophet (s).



For our gift giving rituals we have the boys dress up like an angel with turban and butterfly or fairy wings and have each  child give gifts to the other.

I always tell my boys that the angel brought their gifts because Allah (a) sends blessings to earth carried by angels and our gift giving is an opportunity to reinforce that point.


Please share your ideas for gift giving on Mawlid.

Al Muqaddim: 71 The Expediter

This is the seventy first part of our series on the 99 Names of Allah (s) for children.
Please see Physicians of the Heart: A Sufi View of the Ninety-Nine Names of Allah for more information about each name in this project if you would like to know more.

Lesson plan:

Present the lesson bellow and discuss one or some of the suggested questions.

Assist the students with ideas for the artwork for this name or ask them to make their own interpretation of the medallion provided here:

Lesson for Al Muqaddim

The name Muqaddim means that everything appears in sequence in the right time.  When the Prophet (s) made dua for help in the Battle of Badr angels with black turbans arrived to help the believers in a time of great need.  The recitation of this name can help with impatience and help the remind the believers of the patience of the sahaba in the time of Prophet (s).

 

Suggested discussion questions:

Have  you ever prayed for help from Allah (s) and been answered in the perfect time?

Has there ever been a time when it was difficult for you to be patient waiting for help?

Why is it so difficult for us to be patient even when help is coming?

 

 

Display:

We suggest you choose a space that can accommodate all the 99 Names or to fix the names to a fold out accordion book in sequence if you do not have an appropriate space available.

Please share your ideas for teaching children about the 99 Names of Allah (s).

Isra wal Miraj: Gift Giving Ritual

In our family we have established a gift ritual for the Muslim holidays where the children dress up as little angels and pass out the gifts just as the real angels bring the gifts of Allah (s) to earth.


This year I gave my son a book I wrote for him about the history of the Prophets (a) with photos of all the Maqams for the Prophets (a), maps, artifacts etc.

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I am currently looking for a literary agent or publisher that would be interested in this project so please let me know if you have any contacts.  I will need a lot of help with this because there are so many images so I hope there is a publisher out there who would be interested in the scope of this project.

Update for 2018:

I am pleased to say that volume one has now been published and is avaiale now on Amazon: The Tree of Light: The Lives of the Prophets for Young Muslims Volume 1

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I also gave the Dervish Dolls with wood peg bases that I recently made for the boys.



I also gave the Dervish Dolls: Rabia (q) that I made from a cloth Waldorf lady doll and altered adding a bucket and a torch.

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Please share your ideas for making Isra wal Miraj special for children.

Please see our new book Isra wal Miraj for children available now on Amazon.

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Sira: The Bayt ul Mamur

Tonight we learned about the Bayt ul Mamur in the children’s sira The Light of Muhammad by Hajjah Amina Adil.

When the Prophet (s) ascended he saw angels in different prayer postures and he reached one place where their eye were fixed to the ground in great concentration and he liked this very much.  I asked my son if he concentrates on one spot when he prays.  He said yes.  I asked my son if he was glad that the Prophet (s) asked for that part of our prayer and he said yes.

My son wanted to know how the author of this book knew about all these angels.  I explained that the Prophet Muhammad (s) returned from his night journey and told everyone what he saw.

Next we learned about all the children who were in heaven learning the Quran with Ibrahim (a).  My son asked why the children refuse to go to heaven without their parents.  My son said that he would want his parents to come with him as well.

My son asked why children go to heaven and I explained that when children die young they are without sins written for them.  My son said that he really did not want to do sins.  I asked my son how we protect ourselves from sins.  He said Authu billahi min a Shaitan nirajim Bissmillah ir Rahman ir Rahim.


I asked my son what the Bayt ul Mamur was and he said it is the Kaaba in Jenna.  My son asked why every angel has a job.  I explained that Allah (s) tells the angels to do this and that and they obey.  My son said that he wants the job of giving the adhan and leading the prayer at the Bayt ul Mamur.  He asked if he can have two jobs like that in Jenna.  I said that I did not know but that he could make dua and ask Allah (s).

My son asked how he could hear Allah’s (s) answer.  I said that he might hear an answer in a dream, or from a saint.  My son asked if a person becomes a wali will they hear Allah (s).  I said yes, something like that.

My son asked if some people do not pray in Jenna.  I said that they probably all do.  My son asked what would happen if he did not pray.  I said that I did not know but that we would probably want to pray in Jenna because it is so nice.

My son asked if there are more Kaabas.  I said there is just one Kaaba now and one Bayt ul Mamur in the 7th heaven as far as I knew.  He asked if there are any Kaabas in Hell.  I said that I did not know but I did not think so.

Please share your ideas for teaching the Sira of the Prophet (s) to children.

Sira: The Tree of Souls

Tonight we learned about The Tree of Life that the Prophet (s) saw on his Miraj in the children’s Sira The Light of Muhammad by Hajjah Amina Adil.

My son wanted to know if our names were written on The Tree of Life.  I said yes they are because we are alive.  My son was concerned about anyone who might share his same name and be dead and the confusion that would cause in heaven.  I said not to worry that the tree could tell the difference.


Next my son asked if the Prophet Muhammad’s (s) leaf was still in the tree or not because he had died but was still alive in his grave.  I said that was a very good question.  If someone dies their leaf falls to the ground but what if they are still living in their grave?  I do not know the answer to this question but I said that I would try to find out for him.

We learned that the when the leaf falls it is ground up and put into our food and my son wanted to know why.  I said that maybe the leaf has something to do with causing our death since some people keep living on and on even if they have poor health and some people die suddenly from accidents etc.

My son asked if he would eat his leaf when he passes away one day and I said that yes I think so.  My son wanted to know when this would be and I said that we don’t know when we will die, only Allah (s) knows.

Then my son wanted to know if the angels in heaven have jobs like cooking food and giving us presents.  I said maybe they do.  My son wanted to know if we sleep in Jenna and I said I did not know this either.  Then my son asked if we will pray in Jenna and raise our heads to greet the Prophet Muhammad (s).  I said maybe but I did not know for sure.

My son asked how many heavens there are.  I said that there are 7 heavens mentioned in the book we were reading and then there is the Divine Presence and Paradise but I am not sure if we count those together or separately.  He asked why there are 7 heavens and Paradise and I said that 7 is a special number and 8 is as well but I did not know the exact significance.

Please share your ideas for teaching the Sira of the Prophet (s) to children.

Mawlid Morning

For Mawlid this year I wanted to create a gift giving ritual like the ones I enjoyed as a child.  

  
We gave each child a pair of angel wings and asked them to pass out the gifts just as the real angels bring the favour of Allah (s) down to earth.

  
This year we made an extra effort to wrap all the gifts nicely which gives the gift display a more finished look and is far more impressive to the children.

  
Many of our gifts this year are books about spirituality and Islamic history for children and we hope to use these books for several educational projects in the coming year.  You will see more posts about them inshallah.  

  

We also selected some toys to encourage creative play and collaboration.

  
This year we found cupcake decorations to celebrate the year of the elephant. 

 
Mawlid Muarak to you and your family and please send us examples of your family traditions so that we can learn from you!